ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills reserve tight end
Kevin Everett had surgery Sunday after injuring his spine on a kickoff
against the Denver Broncos, and there is concern about whether he
will be able to walk again.
"He's had some sparse movement," Everett's agent Brian
Overstreet told The Associated Press in a phone interview late
"The next couple of days is going to be critical," said
Overstreet, responding to a question about paralysis. "Our concern
is for him to come out of this healthy and, hopefully, be able to
Overstreet said Everett came out of a "lengthy surgery" Sunday
evening and the plan was for his mother, Patricia Dugas, to arrive
from Texas on Monday.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, doctors in Buffalo have told members of the Bills that bone chips were removed during surgery. After the procedure, Everett was stabilized and put on a respirator in intensive care.
Everett fell to the ground and never moved after a
helmet-to-helmet hit when he tackled Denver's Domenik Hixon during
a kickoff to open the second half. Everett was placed on a
backboard with his head and body immobilized, and carefully loaded
into an ambulance at the Broncos 30.
The game was delayed for about 15 minutes, and the Bills
gathered at the sideline while doctors attended to Everett.
At 9:45 p.m., as he was leaving Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital, Bills' tight end Ryan Neufeld told Buffalo's WIVB-TV the surgery
"went well as far as we can tell and he's recovering right now."
Bills general manager Marv Levy said doctors informed the team that it's too early to determine the severity of the injury and
they will know more after monitoring Everett overnight.
"Certainly, we feel the injury is serious, but I don't want to
speculate, and that's what the doctors told us," Levy told AP. "They told us to wait to hear from them before making any speculative announcement."
Coach Dick Jauron said immediately following the game that the player sustained a cervical spine injury, but wouldn't discuss the
severity of the injury.
Everett's injury cast a pall over the Bills following a
season-opening 15-14 loss, with several players expressing concern
about their teammate.
"It was real hard," cornerback Terrence McGee said. "I
watched the whole thing and he never moved. ... It's real sad to
see him go off on a stretcher, but we hope he's OK."
"It's real sad," added receiver Roscoe Parrish, who played
with Everett at the University of Miami. "When something like that
happens to a close friend of yours, and you know how much he loves
football, it bothers you."
Denver players expressed concern, including kicker
Jason Elam, who kicked the winning field goal as time ran out.
Before taking questions after the game, Elam said: "What we
heard is not good, so for our whole team, our prayers go out to
Buffalo's third-round draft pick in 2005, Everett missed his
entire rookie season with a knee injury, and spent most of his
second season limited to special teams duty.
The Bills liked Everett's 6-foot-4 frame and were counting on
him to play a role in their passing attack this season.
Buffalo also lost three defensive starters to injury.
Free safety Ko Simpson is out indefinitely after breaking his
left ankle. Cornerback Jason Webster is out indefinitely after
breaking his forearm in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Coy Wire,
filling in for injured starter Keith Ellison, sprained his knee in
the first quarter.
Simpson was hurt when he had his feet cut out from beneath him
by teammate Jason Webster as the two were attempting to tackle
Broncos receiver Javon Walker. Simpson fell immediately to the
ground and was unable to put any weight on his left foot.
Buffalo's fourth-round pick in the 2006 draft, Simpson started
15 games last season, and was a member of the NFL's youngest safety
tandem, playing alongside rookie first-round pick Donte Whitner.
Third-year player Jim Leonhard took over for Simpson.
Wire was examined on the sideline, but made his way to the
locker room on his own. Reserve Mario Haggan replaced Wire.
It's unclear when Webster was hurt. The Bills signed the
seven-year NFL veteran last spring to take over as starter after
losing Nate Clements to San Francisco in free agency.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.